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Wittgenstein and Political TheoryThe View from Somewhere$
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Christopher C. Robinson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748639144

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639144.001.0001

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Theorizing as a Lived Experience: A Wittgensteinian Investigation

Theorizing as a Lived Experience: A Wittgensteinian Investigation

(p.21) Chapter 1 Theorizing as a Lived Experience: A Wittgensteinian Investigation
Wittgenstein and Political Theory

Christopher C Robinson

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on immanent theorizing as a form of therapy that breaks the hold of epic political theory. The opening remarks of the Philosophical Investigations are read best as an invitation to follow the philosopher through the language-games that he himself is discovering now that he has broken with his older conception of language as composed of a single, logical act of picturing by attaching word to object. Travel, then, is conceived as liberation from a mistake of considering a neighborhood of the city of language the entirety of language. The picture that held theorists captive, this chapter argues, is one where they stand above the city enjoying the panoramic view offered by the fixed perspective of the mountaintop, a height conceived in the lexicon of both metaphysical and epistemological privilege.

Keywords:   immanent theorizing, epic political theory, Philosophical Investigations, language-games, metaphysics

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